Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007): An Appreciation of his Art

 

In 1974, I got a job interviewing movie directors with films premiering in New York for a magazine called Millimeter.  Over two years, I got to interview around two dozen active Hollywood pros - some great ones like Altman, Polanski, Rafelson, and Frankenheimer and some mediocre ones.  When I asked them, "Who's your favorite director?" about ninety-nine percent instantly replied, "Ingmar Bergman." 

I offer this as an empirical fact, but it is far more important as a statement about a kind of status that Bergman enjoyed, that for various reasons can not exist today. 

(Source: Movie City News)

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